Experimentation

My laptop works wirelessly again, so I can post without having to crouch on the lounge floor behind the chair!

I thought I'd share a couple of my latest projects with you - experiments really - to see what you think.

I was looking for different ways to use the machine embroidery and applique I learnt last year, and hit upon the idea of make up bags, etc. 

I made this one last week - isn't the little bird cute?


I used free hand machine embroidery to outline the bird and branch, then added a bead for his eye and 2 tiny flower buttons that I found in my stash.  I must look out for some more little flower buttons, because they were perfect for this.

This evening I've made a glasses case, which I think will be part of my mum's Mothers Day present.


This one was more fiddly, as it's smaller and I used some fleece fabric between the outer fabric and lining to give it a bit of padding.  The other one only has interfacing.

A little bit of embelishment (and advertising!) on the back:


And here they are together.


I used this tutorial from Flossy Teacakes, which was very easy to follow. 

They'll need a bit of refining first, but I'm thinking of trying to sell a few of these, what do you think?

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  1. Love them both! I am so enamored with your machine embroidery work. I may have to copy the glasses case idea!

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    1. Thank you Liza Jane. By all means copy the glasses case idea if you would like to. x

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  2. Adorable! The little birdie is just too sweet! I've been wanting to try out the Flossy Teacakes tutorial but haven't gotten around to it yet - thanks for reminding me!

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    1. The Flossy Teacakes tutorial is very good, brilliantly clear and easy to follow. I'm sure you'll come up with something gorgeous if you try it. x

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  3. Very pretty! I soooo need one of these for my glasses ... J

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    1. Thank you Judith. I'd love to make one for you!

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  4. Fab-u-lous! I love them both, you have really taken everything you learnt on your machine embroidery workshop and just made it your own. Your Mum will be thrilled with the glasses case I'm sure. Of course you could sell these, and I'm loving your labels. Go Sam! X

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    1. Thank you Jacq! I'm so pleased I've found a use for what I learned on the workshop. I think my labels came from here: http://www.wovenlabelsuk.com/craft-hobby-labels/wl-02.html They're not that expensive and make a nice touch for gifts etc.

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  5. So sweet! The little bird is the cutest thing :)

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    1. Thank you Carolyn, isn't he sweet!

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  6. Adore the little birdie! The colours works so well and it is truly a pretty bag!

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  7. I love both! Of course the bird is the sweetest thing of all, your mom will be happy to receive a gift handmade by you because your work is beautiful. You are great!

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    1. Thank you Rosy. My mum was really pleased with the glasses case.

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  8. I'm pinning the bird so I can refer back,hope you don't mind.

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